When Will Eiger BioPharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:EIGR) Turn A Profit?

Eiger BioPharmaceuticals Inc’s (NASDAQ:EIGR): Eiger BioPharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development and commercialization of targeted therapies for rare diseases in the United States and internationally. The US$108.42M market-cap company announced a latest loss of -US$42.45M on 31 December 2017 for its most recent financial year result. The most pressing concern for investors is EIGR’s path to profitability – when will it breakeven? In this article, I will touch on the expectations for EIGR’s growth and when analysts expect the company to become profitable.

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EIGR is bordering on breakeven, according to analysts. They anticipate the company to incur a final loss in 2021, before generating positive profits of US$28.51M in 2022. So, EIGR is predicted to breakeven approximately 4 years from today. In order to meet this breakeven date, I calculated the rate at which EIGR must grow year-on-year. It turns out an average annual growth rate of 17.53% is expected, which seems realistic. However, if this rate turns out to be too buoyant, EIGR may become profitable later than analysts predict.

NasdaqGM:EIGR Past Future Earnings Apr 6th 18
NasdaqGM:EIGR Past Future Earnings Apr 6th 18

Given this is a high-level overview, I won’t go into detail the detail of EIGR’s upcoming projects, but, keep in mind that typically a biotech has lumpy cash flows which are contingent on the product type and stage of development the company is in. This means, a double-digit growth rate is not abnormal as the company is beginning to reap the benefits of earlier investments.

Before I wrap up, there’s one issue worth mentioning. EIGR currently has a relatively high level of debt. Generally, the rule of thumb is debt shouldn’t exceed 40% of your equity, which in EIGR’s case is 67.01%. Note that a higher debt obligation increases the risk around investing in the loss-making company.

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There are key fundamentals of EIGR which are not covered in this article, but I must stress again that this is merely a basic overview. For a more comprehensive look at EIGR, take a look at EIGR’s company page on Simply Wall St. I’ve also compiled a list of key factors you should look at:

  1. Historical Track Record: What has EIGR’s performance been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Eiger BioPharmaceuticals’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
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